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Pest Prevention and Frequently Asked Questions

Why do pests want to make my home they're home too?

Common household pests, such as ants, American cockroaches, spiders and other crawly insects, need the same things humans need to survive. That is, they need food, water and shelter. Unfortunately, your home provides insects and rodents the same living essentials they need to survive. If you can eliminate their access to any of these living essential, it will help in controlling the pest.

How can you control pests inside my home if you only service the outside?

Most pests live, eat and reproduce in the eco-environment just outside your home. In their quest for survival, your home provides pests with the same essentials that you need. Since 90 percent of the insects you see enter your home from the outside, placing a protective barrier around the outside prevents and eliminates insects from entering the structure, thus, eliminates the need for inside service. And less pesticides on the inside of your home is always better.

Why should I hire a professional pest prevention service?

While "do it yourself" pest control is certainly an option for homeowners, most lack the knowledge that professionals have to treat pest problems effectively. Professional pest managers are educated, trained and certified to handle the specific urban pest issues that you will encounter in and around your homes or offices. They are also trained in the safe handling and proper application of materials used to control pests.

Common Household Problems And Solutions

Ants

Ant
  • You may find a lot of different species of ants in your home. Most times the problem is an outdoor ant coming inside. Once inside your home/business, ants can set up a colony in wall voids, behind baseboards, and even in hollow doors.
  • Habits: Ants usually come into buildings to find food. Some prefer fatty foods while others like sweets. When a foraging worker ant finds a source of food they go back to the colony, leaving a chemical trail for the other ants to follow. They act fast, too, so you will soon find a large number of ants swarming a food source.
  • Ant Control: Even for a professional, ant control is sometimes difficult. Typically, you can't spray insecticides to control most ants because they will just avoid the spray areas and show up somewhere else. The common practice is to use a combination of baits and an IGR (insect growth regulator) to combat the problem.
  • Things you can do to control ants from invading your home. Keep food in sealed containers that are kept clean on the outside. Keep fruit in the refrigerator. Rinse out empty soft drink containers or any containers that may have been used for a drink containing sugar. Reduce outdoor ant populations where possible.

Mosquitoes

Mosquito
  • Mosquitoes lay their eggs in or near water, depending upon the genus. Eggs laid above the water line will hatch when the water level rises; sometimes several years later. In summer the mosquito can reach maturity in less than a week. Mosquitoes can fly up to 10 miles, but they generally stay near a breeding area in grass or plants. It is true that male mosquitoes do not bite. The female, however, does bite and feeds off blood before she lays her eggs. Mosquito bites are capable of transmitting diseases such as encephalitis and malaria; fortunately, cases are fairly rare. Dogs and cats can get heartworm from mosquito bites. There is also a chance of secondary infections from scratching mosquito bites, especially with children.
  • Prevention: What you can do. Without water mosquito eggs cannot hatch; remove old tires, buckets, tin cans and other water-catching devices. Change water in bird baths and wading pools once or twice a week. Clean out roof gutters holding stagnant water. Keep grass mowed around bodies of water. Mosquito misting systems installed around the perimeter of your back yard will eliminate, and enable you to enjoy all of your backyard activities.

Fleas

Fleas
  • Fleas are brown to black in color and about 1/16 of an inch long. A female flea will generally lay four to eight eggs after each meal—possibly more than 400 over a lifetime. These eggs will readily fall from the pet to the ground, which can give rise to a flea infestation after the pet has gone. Fleas can hide in carpets, rugs, floor tile joints, furniture, cracks between wood flooring, pet bedding/resting areas and even under furniture cushions.
  • Things homeowners can do: The most important step is to treat the pet first, in order for flea control to be more effective. Vacuum the house thoroughly. Take special care around areas where pets sleep and enter the house and around baseboards. Be sure to discard the vacuum bag when finished. In some cases carpet cleaning is necessary to remove a great deal of the flea larvae and eggs. Fleas have a complete metamorphosis –meaning they go from egg to larvae to pupa to biting adult. Most insecticide treatments will eliminate the larvae and biting adults, but are unable to penetrate the pupa (cocoon) stage of a flea's development Days or weeks later, simple actions such as running the vacuum cleaner or walking across the floor will cause vibrations triggering adult fleas to emerge from the cocoon causing a re-infestation of biting fleas. That's why a two application treatment is always necessary to eliminate the flea problem.

Spiders

  • There are about 1000 species of spiders in the United States. They live everywhere, including homes and buildings. Some species are able to bite humans and inject venom into the skin. The brown recluse and the black widow are considered venomous spiders. However, most spiders are not harmful to man.
  • Pesticide application is very difficult, and indoor treatment is usually effective only if the pesticide contacts the spider directly. This means the technician must have access to all spider habitats throughout the structure. Unless efforts are made to exclude spiders (such as tightening gaps around entrance), spiders will reenter the structures.
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